Mixing it up

  
For a long time I’ve been searching for the perfect sketching tool. I’ve been trying out different media, pencil, felt-tip pens, markers, fountain pens, dip pens, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, colored pencils… you name it. 

Last night I decided to take a different approach. All media have some qualities that I love and some that I don’t. So why not use each for the qualities that I love?

This was my first attempt, while in the courtyard of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. I started with markers, fast, loose and broad strokes. It’s difficult to replicate the color and shadows you’re seeing with markers, so didn’t care at all about it. Suggesting bricks was pretty easy with the broad tips. 

Then I switched to watercolors for greenery. I’ve always hated green markers, but watercolors are more flexible for this. I wanted to jump back to a felt tip pen but the one I had was dried out. I used a fountain pen, although I’m not happy with the results. I needed a broader tip to achieve what I was looking for. Then I jumped back to a couple dark markers for some shadows. 

I’m excited about the possibilities, so I’ll explore this much more.😉

Sketching at Spruce St. Harbor Park

   
 
This past Sunday we had a sketching meet up at this cool park in Philadelphia. Oversized games (chess, Connect Four, Jenga), hammocks and lots of people just relaxing and having a good time with their families. 

Life Size Tonka

  

Maybe it’s the childhood memories, but for some reason I’ve always wanted to sketch diggers, bulldozers and construction machinery and never had had the chance. This one was parked by JFK Boulevard and 17th, had 15 minutes to sketch it. 

Cold again

It’s spring, but the winter cold is still here; I wanted to sketch today, but couldn’t feel my fingers. So decided to go indoors and share a sketch from Saturday, my son and wife swimming at the YMCA. It was really warm in there… 

 

Lost my sketchbook…

I always carry multiple sketchbooks in my bag… different sizes, different paper, different subjects. Well, today when I looked for the book I use to sketch people during my lunch break I found out I had lost it! My bag won’t close hermetically and apparently lost in on the train. Tomorrow I’ll go to the lost & found office, maybe someone found it and handed it to the conductor. 

I was kind of frustrated, but got out another sketchbook, just to not lose the habit of sketching Philadelphians in Center City. To my surprise, I ended up with one of my favorite sketches in a long time! Who would’ve thought! 

This was done with a Lamy Safari EF, Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, Pentel Pocket pen brush and watercolors with a flat brush I never use. 

 

Ink on the Train



Sketching on my commute has been challenging. Trains are full and they move a lot. Well, using ink is even more challenging! Especially a pen brush, which has very little friction on the paper. 

I had been under the impression that the Pentel Pocket Pen Brush had waterproof ink. But it melts with water! Don’t know if it happens when it hasn’t dried up completely, will have to do more testing. 

This sketch was done with a Lamy Safari EF, Noodler’s Bulletproof Black and the Pentel Pocket Brush. 

Schuylkill Trail

At Spring Mill train station in Conshohocken, waiting for my wife to pick me up. 

Trimming



Today at lunch there was this crew trimming the trees in front of Comcast Center. It was cold but managed to withstand the wind. Can’t imagine how this guy up there deals with the cold. Here apparently people think that because it’s March they can get away with shorts, sandals and skirts… It was snowing two days ago!

Quick Philadelphia 

Fast sketch of a guy waiting to cross JFK Boulevard. Traffic lights here change  about every 30 seconds, so I had to hurry! Of course, he had already left when I started to color, but it’s a good practice at my lunch break.